Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft

After Brexit. Where next for the United Kingdom?

Ort: Virtual conference room

Beginn: 4.30-6.00 p.m.

The German Association for British Studies is delighted to invite you to an online lecture with Philip Rycroft, former senior UK Government official in the Department for Exiting the European Union and the Cabinet Office, at 16.30–18.00h (German time) on 29 October 2020.

To attend please send an informal mail to: infoagf-britishstudiesde. Prior to our lecture we will send you a link to our virtual conference room.

Title: After Brexit. Where next for the United Kingdom?

After four and a half difficult years, the UK is finally about to embark on its post-Brexit journey. The goal of the Brexiteers – to take back control – will have been achieved. But so much else remains unsettled. This lecture will explore what Brexit means for the UK's place in the international order. It will consider what the success of the Brexiteers means for a country where the divisions that lay behind the Leave vote in 2016 have by no means healed. And it will ask whether the UK as a political entity can survive the shock of Brexit. In concluding, the lecture will ask what we can learn from this history about the political process in the United Kingdom and why it has taken this path.

Speaker: Philip Rycroft worked in the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) between March 2017 and March 2019, from October 2017 as Permanent Secretary. He was responsible for leading the department in all its work on the Government's preparations for Brexit. From June 2015 to March 2019 he was head of the UK Governance Group in the Cabinet Office, with responsibility for advising ministers on all aspects of the constitution and devolution. From May 2012 to May 2015, he was the Director General in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. Through his career, Philip worked in a variety of roles, in the civil service in Scotland and London, in the European Commission and in business. He is now an academic at Edinburgh University and the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at Cambridge University and an independent consultant.